When I visit Maui, I usually do not buy a whole lot, but this trip I wanted to purchase a few prints by some Maui artists. Many of the artists on Maui have booths at the Maui Swap Meet held every Saturday and it is a great place to get some discounts on their prints and works. You can rely on the same booths being in the same spots from year to year. The Swap Meet is now held on the grounds of the UH Maui in Kahului. The Maui Tropical Plantation also has a handful of artists with small galleries on the grounds.
–Giclee print of a photograph of a South Maui beach by Maui artist Rebecca Lowell. We met her in her small gallery at the Maui Tropical Plantation. Giclee prints of photographs have the look of a painting without the high price. This was photographed at the beach where my brother and sister-in-law were married 10 years ago.
–Giclee print of surfboards, also by Rebecca Lowell.
–One of my favorite purchases! This small print of a batik is entitled Dressed for the Occasion and is by Phil Soo. His website can be found HERE. Go to his website to find out more about batik. I love the bright colors and the texture.
–Another print of a batik by Phil Soo showing windsurfers on the north shore of Maui at what appears to be Kanaha Beach.
–Print of Tutu’s by Ken Loyd
—Lahaina3 image by Ken Loyd from his website
Ken is perhaps my most favorite artist on Maui. I love the bright colors and the feeling of happiness I get from looking at his works. I talked to him for a while and he actually grew up in Dallas, spent some time in Austin, went to Chicago where he was mentored by an older artist, and then moved to Hawaii in 1983. He developed his own unique style and is very popular on Maui. You can see his work at ArtbyLoyd.com.
Maui has a thriving art community!